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08/16/2018

We've been seeing a resent surge of phishing attempts with our clients. Be careful! Never give your password for your account to anyone ever. ...OK, that's hyperbole... but use caution. 99% of the time, request for you to reset your password ARE FAKE.

04/11/2018
BNI- Leesburg Business Forum

BNI- Leesburg Business Forum

Wednesday, 2/7 be sure to come out to River Creek Country Club at 7:15 AM for Matt Wotring - Halo Information Systems. He will be giving a presentation - be sure to come out to support him and join us for breakfast!

Want to take your IT infrastructure to a greener-place?  Halo's Cloud9 system hosts your server and desktops in a 100% r...
03/26/2018
Tier-5

Want to take your IT infrastructure to a greener-place? Halo's Cloud9 system hosts your server and desktops in a 100% renewable energy backed data center. The data center is also the world's only Tier-5 Platinum certified data center!
https://www.switch.com/tier-5/

The World's Leading Data Center Ecosystem

Recent version of CCleaner, a well known and trusted app for cleaning up computer systems, was compromised and contained...
09/18/2017
CCleaner Compromised to Distribute Malware for Almost a Month

Recent version of CCleaner, a well known and trusted app for cleaning up computer systems, was compromised and contained a virus! Fortunately, the company acknowledged the problem and have released a new version.
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/ccleaner-compromised-to-distribute-malware-for-almost-a-month/

Version 5.33 of the CCleaner app offered for download between August 15 and September 12 was modified to include the Floxif malware.

Verizon Ashburn Campus is hosting a recycling event Thursday Sept. 14th!  Pull-out those business hard drives (they won'...
09/12/2017
Verizon Offers Electronics Recycling on Thursday

Verizon Ashburn Campus is hosting a recycling event Thursday Sept. 14th! Pull-out those business hard drives (they won't be wiping/destroying them) and don't bring your big bulky UPS devices (no battery or hazmat items) but get rid of those old computers that have been sitting in the office closet!
http://loudounnow.com/2017/09/11/verizon-offers-electronics-recycling-on-thursday/

​ For the seventh time, Verizon employees will gather in the parking lot of the company’s Ashburn campus to collect unwanted electronics and other material for recycling. This year’s Recycling Rally will be from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 14. The event, which is free and open to area consume

New fake emails from Microsoft Office 365 look legitimate but are not!  Be careful of you get one of these in your email...
08/31/2017

New fake emails from Microsoft Office 365 look legitimate but are not! Be careful of you get one of these in your email inbox. The link looks like it goes to the correct address on the internet, but it doesn't. It's a scam-link.

04/20/2017

Celebrity deaths scams such as Prince, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Paul Walker and Robin Williams have been used by bad guys for their own criminal purposes. Don't be a victim of these scams. Never click on links in emails or text messages promising you photographs, videos or even new information about celebrity deaths.
Don't go to unfamiliar websites to find such information because your workstation may get infected with malware or your identity stolen just by browsing the website without clicking on any links. For more information about these events, only go to reliable, reputable sites where you normally go. Remember, "Think Before You Click!"

While this new virus from APT28 isn't freely available out in the wild, it is something that can be used as a targetted ...
02/15/2017
Russian Mac malware steals passwords and iPhone backups

While this new virus from APT28 isn't freely available out in the wild, it is something that can be used as a targetted attack on Mac users. Be aware of what you click on, on the internet. Use Mac antivirus. Be aware, most especially if your Mac is used for business!
http://www.cultofmac.com/467433/new-mac-malware-steals-passwords-iphone-backups/

Security researchers have discovered sophisticated new Mac malware from Russian hackers that targets your saved passwords and iPhone backups

RansomFree is a new free software that protects against Ransomware attacks.  That's the virus type that holds your files...
01/23/2017
RansomFree Proactively Protects Your Computer Against Ransomware Attacks

RansomFree is a new free software that protects against Ransomware attacks. That's the virus type that holds your files hostage. Very annoying. Anyhow, I'll be giving their tool a try and will give a review of it in a couple of weeks!
http://lifehacker.com/ransomfree-proactively-protects-your-computer-against-r-1791429681

Windows: RansomFree is a new tool that promises to stop ransomware attacks before they can get busy encrypting all of your data. Instead of watching specific processes or trying to use signatures to identify ransomware, it observes the behavior of running processes instead, warning you when somethin...

12/31/2016

Wishing you all a safe and Happy New Year!

It's a neat time to be a techie.  Connected and pseudo-intelligent computing systems are changing the way we live and wo...
12/22/2016
4 Technology Companies That Are Breaking Barriers Through Innovation and Creativity

It's a neat time to be a techie. Connected and pseudo-intelligent computing systems are changing the way we live and work. Here's a look at 4 innovative companies that are making headway into new computing that I think are doing things differently.
http://www.skyword.com/contentstandard/creativity/4-technology-companies-that-are-breaking-barriers-through-innovation-and-creativity/

The tech industry is undeniably innovative—so why is tech marketing so dull? These four companies are breaking barriers with their marketing initiatives.

12/15/2016
5 ways to protect yourself online

Varonis did a terrific YouTube course on the basics of technology and internet security for the common person. Below is the quick 4 minute summary of what's taught. Check out his short series of videos to make it more difficult for the bad guys to steal your data!
https://youtu.be/xlEoB8wC9wg?list=PLYEr6kVanyrPu1qZ5g6iOr0v4ImpOOCSH

How can you protect yourself online? What's the best way to stay secure on the internet? Learn 5 ways to protect yourself online with Troy Hunt, security exp...

12/01/2016
consumersunion.org

'Tis the season to go phishing! It's unfortunate, but sometimes the best way for a virus to get onto your computer is through an email with an attachment or a link that looks like it goes somewhere safe online, but it really goes to a download page for a virus. Be careful and follow a few simple tips from Consumer Reports WebWatchhttp://consumersunion.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/phishing.pdf

Part of the San Francisco Public Transportation was hacked recently, shutting down over 2,000 computers in the process. ...
11/28/2016
The hacked San Francisco public transport is a reminder our systems aren’t perfect

Part of the San Francisco Public Transportation was hacked recently, shutting down over 2,000 computers in the process. It's a testament to the fact that nothing is 100% virus/hack proof. Want Halo to take a look at how secure your office systems are? Let us know!
http://thenextweb.com/security/2016/11/28/san-francisco-transport-hack/

In an incident that feels like an episode of Mr. Robot, hackers managed to gain access to parts of San Francisco's MUNI transportation system.

11/24/2016

Wishing you and yours a very safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

I have mixed feelings about awesome, powerful hacking tools.  They're neat but also kinda scary.  Check out how this lit...
11/22/2016
The $5 PoisonTap quickly, completely hijacks even a locked computer’s internet

I have mixed feelings about awesome, powerful hacking tools. They're neat but also kinda scary. Check out how this little "PoisonTap" device can own your laptop, even if it's closed and sleeping!
https://techcrunch.com/2016/11/16/the-5-poisontap-quickly-completely-hijacks-even-a-locked-computers-internet/

After I learned of this clever exploit from Samy Kamkar, my poor 2012 MacBook Air looks more vulnerable than venerable: Asleep on the table, its USB ports..

Don't be so quick to use the Free Wi-Fi at the mall.  Tyson's Corner Center was ranked among the top 10 most risky when ...
11/21/2016
Riskiest shopping malls for mobile devices - Help Net Security

Don't be so quick to use the Free Wi-Fi at the mall. Tyson's Corner Center was ranked among the top 10 most risky when it came to free Wi-Fi that was in some way malicious. Tests showed at least 5 fake/malicious Wi-Fi signals that might be providing malware to your phone, and could possibly steal your Username and Password info. Beware Holiday Shoppers!
https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2016/11/18/riskiest-shopping-malls/

As the biggest shopping weekend of the year in the US approaches, Skycure is advising shoppers to beware of mobile threats while browsing in both physical

Thank you to all the men and women (and their families) who serve and have served our country. We are blessed to live in...
11/11/2016

Thank you to all the men and women (and their families) who serve and have served our country. We are blessed to live in a country where people are willing to make this sacrifice for our freedom. Happy Veterans Day!

10/05/2016

WARNING: If you have a popup screen come up on your computer that says you have been infected with a virus and gives you a toll free number to call, do not call the number and give them access to your computer. This number is not Microsoft or any other legitimate company that wants to help you get rid of a virus on your computer. They are scammers and hackers that are trying to steal your personal information. If this happens to you, please reach out to Halo to make sure that your information is secure.

09/23/2016
BNI- Leesburg Business Forum

I'll be presenting some awesome new cloud technology for businesses this coming week! Check out the details in my video!

This coming Wednesday September 28th, I will be the keynote speaker! I'll be sharing information about using the Cloud for not only your files and websites, but for your whole computer! Please message us if you would like to be a guest to the event!
https://youtu.be/z7GGWNsD7bg

Microsoft is working on bringing the best of Skype and Slack together with Skype Teams.  Halo has transitioned over to u...
09/12/2016
Exclusive: Microsoft working on Skype Teams, its own Slack competitor - MSPoweruser

Microsoft is working on bringing the best of Skype and Slack together with Skype Teams. Halo has transitioned over to using Skype for Business for all of our professional IMs in the office, but as a big Slack user I wish it had Slacks functionality! This could be a big win for MS. Not available yet, but we should see something from Microsoft soon on this.
https://mspoweruser.com/microsoft-working-slack-competitor-skype/

It was recently reported that Microsoft wanted to buy Slack for $8 billion. Slack, for those unfamiliar, is a messaging app for teams that’s been getting q

Here's a fun/easy way to check those passwords that you've been using for a while!  Think "computer1" is a good password...
07/07/2016
Kaspersky Lab: Secure Password Check

Here's a fun/easy way to check those passwords that you've been using for a while! Think "computer1" is a good password? It'd take 4 minutes to hack. Now, "Computer One" on the other hand? That's 6 hours.
https://password.kaspersky.com/

Never enter your real password. This service exists for educational purposes only — Kaspersky Lab is not storing or collecting your passwords

06/23/2016
Right Drive, Right Job

Seagate has a funny animation about the difference between standard, performance, and enterprise level hard drives. This goes for the whole computer system. By stuff from the local computer store, it's probably standard (not bad for home, but not meant for the office).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JORAaU95YZ8

Every drive Seagate designs has a specific job to do and that’s to reliably hold on to your data. So pick the right drive for your job because it matters. Le...

06/23/2016

Want to know if that email from the Discover Card fraud prevention team is really legit? Just call the customer service number on the back of your credit card. NEVER follow links from emails if it seems out of the ordinary for that person/company to be giving you a link, and NEVER open any attachments if you usually don't get attachments from that person/company. Virus-free is the way to be!

Learn how hackers get past security measures with this fun little Facebook game!http://lifehacker.com/use-facebooks-capt...
05/13/2016
Use Facebook's Capture the Flag Platform to Test Your Hacking Skills and Learn Cybersecurity

Learn how hackers get past security measures with this fun little Facebook game!
http://lifehacker.com/use-facebooks-capture-the-flag-platform-to-test-your-ha-1776294358

Capture the Flag (CTF) competitions train participants in information security and technical skills, including things like encryption and reverse engineering. Facebook recently open-sourced its own CTF platform so you can test and develop your hacking skills.

It's Give Choose day in Northern Virginia.  Give to a worthy charity.  There are many of them, so pick one and give!http...
05/03/2016

It's Give Choose day in Northern Virginia. Give to a worthy charity. There are many of them, so pick one and give!
https://www.givechoose.org/

Have all of your calendars in one view with the iOS/Droid app Outlook!  I've been waiting for this feature.  I have way ...
04/08/2016
Outlook for Android and iOS Adds Facebook, Wunderlist, and Evernote Calendars

Have all of your calendars in one view with the iOS/Droid app Outlook! I've been waiting for this feature. I have way too many calendars spread across gmail, Outlook, and other apps.

http://lifehacker.com/outlook-for-android-and-ios-adds-facebook-wunderlist-1769651410

Android/iOS: Outlook, our favorite email app on iOS, was updated today with a handy new feature that’ll integrate your Facebook, Wunderlist, and Evernote calendars into the app.

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PO Box 650966
Potomac Falls, VA
20165

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IT service providers offering both on-site maintenance and repair as well as managed services and online backups.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 18:00
Thursday 09:00 - 18:00
Friday 09:00 - 18:00

Telephone

(703) 444-8818

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